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The Biennale, Italian for "biennial" or "every other year", is a large-scale international contemporary art exhibition held in Venice every 2 years. The general theme for the 55th International Art Exhibition was “The Encyclopedic Palace”.

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ARSENALE ART EXPOS

The main exhibition of the 2013 Venice Art Biennale in the Arsenale area was titled The Encyclopedic Palace (Il Palazzo Enciclopedico). It featured works by artists such as Marino Auriti, Yüksel Arslan, Hans Josephsohn, Phyllida Barlow, Steve McQueen, Danh Vo, R. Crumb, Pawel Althamer, Miroslaw Balka, George Condo, Paul McCarthy, Wade Guyton, and Dieter Roth.

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ESPOSIZIONE GREEN RHAPSODY

Rhapsody in Green

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ESPOSIZIONE 700 SNOWBALLS

700 snowballs by Not Vital, is a artistic installation consisting of 700 unique and individually blown glass spheres, created by Glass Master Pino Signoretto. The spheres, which bear striking resemblance to snowballs suspended in air, rest directly on the floor, evenly and randomly spread, evoking the metamorphic, transformative and cyclical processes of nature.

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ESPOSIZIONE AI WEI WEI

Ai Wei Wei had three of his large-scale works on display in the 2013 Biennale Exposition:

- ""Bang"", a forest of hundreds of tangled wooden stools, was the most prominent piece in the German national pavilion.
- His installation ""Straight"" was located in the Zuecca Project Space on the island of Giudecca: 150 tons of crushed rebar from schools flattened in the Sichuan earthquake of 2008.
- ""SACRED"", situated in the church of Sant'Antonin, consisted of six large iron boxes, into which visitors could peek to see sculptures recreating scenes from the artist's detention.

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Esposizione AnaTsarev-14238 COVER

ESPOSIZIONE ANATSAREV

Ana Tzarev brought her instalment of her global Love & Peace Campaign to Venice. The exhibition featured Tzarev’s monumental flower sculpture set amid a collection of her floral paintings at the Museo Diocesano d'Arte Sacra in the Chiostro di Sant'Apollonia.This exhibition’s centrepiece is a remarkable fiberglass poppy entitled Love; one in an edition of 15. Tzarev created these 15-foot flowers as part of a unique worldwide sculpture installation.

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ESPOSIZIONE BILL CULBERT

Bill Culbert illuminated the Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà with his artist debuts ‘Front door out back’, an eight-part installation which is thematically related to the domestic world, in which we see Culbert employing furniture (from chairs, wardrobes, side tables), colourful detergent bottles, in combination with his signature medium, lighting, to create an entirely immersive experience for the viewer.

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ESPOSIZIONE FOR ART

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ESPOSIZIONE GRAND CANAL MUSEO DIOCESIANO

“Grand Canal”, the Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition, opened on 1 June 2013 in the Museo Diocesano dell’Arte Sacra, on the banks of the Grand Canal in Venice. Twelve renowned Chinese artists were invited to participate, by independent curator and artist Ms Xiao Ge.

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ESPOSIZIONE I WAS BORN IN YOUR BED

"I Was Born in Your Bed" by Czech artist Daniel Pešta, focused on the Roma ethnic minority, which is often tied in with a range of prejudices.

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ESPOSIZIONE KATA MIJATOVIC

Kata Mijatovic's project"The Dream Archive" brings forth to the public arena what is essentially a very private and individualistic experience. The archive asks questions about why people dream, what is the function of the unconscious in the construction of reality, and how people express dreams.

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ESPOSIZIONE NOISE

A collateral exhibition at the 55th Venice Biennale, it reflects upon noise as a necessary condition and integral part of communication. All the artists in the exhibition explore the aesthetics of noise, called at once “a stench in the ear, undomesticated music, and the chief product and authenticating sign of civilization”.

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ESPOSIZIONE PARALLEL CONVERGENCES

Pawel Althamer and Anatoly Osmolovsky's "Parallel Convergences" exposition brings together the work of these artists, one Polish and the other Russian - both of whom come from the generation shaped by the decisive shift from communism to post-communism, experienced in the Eastern Bloc in the early 1990s, and whose work shares many interesting parallels.

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ESPOSIZIONE RHIZOMA

Curated by London-based art critic and independent curator, Sara Raza, and Saudi-based poet, curator and artist, Ashraf Fayadh, RHIZOMA's premise draws from the actual rhizoma, the ancient Greek word for the underground root of a plant that shoots its roots both horizontally and vertically as a metaphor for a bold new generation of artists who are challenging the force of gravity through inspiring projects.

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ESPOSIZIONE SUPERNATURAL

The Bangladesh Pavilion has showcased artists from Bangladesh, South Africa and Italy, centering their works around the theme of Supernatural.

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ESPOSIZIONE TAPIES - PAVILLON AZERBAIJAN

The Azerbaijan's Pavilion's theme was ""Ornamentation"", the act of adding details to an object in order to beautify it. In particular, it showcased Antoni Tàpies’ ‘Eye’, his way of perceiving things, of looking around himself without limits of time and space, striving for answers about the Universe, human nature, art, and the mystery of life.

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ESPOSIZIONE THE JOYCEAN SOCIETY

The Joycean Society exposition, curated by Dora García, was inspired by the imaginary and creative margins of a world in which one always seeks to define his/her self in relation to others.

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ESPOSIZIONE THIS IS NOT TAIWAN - CZECH PAVILLON

Taiwan presented the “This is Not a Taiwan Pavilion”: the project attempted to capture the relations between imagination and reality, and the different perceptions of cultural identity.

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Esposizione Tong Hongsheng-14212 COVER

ESPOSIZIONE TONG HONGSHENG

Tong Hongsheng is a Buddhist hermit, who finds painting as a pathway to enlightenment. His still-life paintings of objects from Buddhist culture set in a dark background are symbolic of the loss of tradition and faith in contemporary culture.

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ESPOSIZIONE WHO IS ALICE

The Biennale always has some south-Korean artists, but this is the first time there has been a major government-sponsored initiative: this “Who is Alice” exhibition features works from the permanent collection of the Korean National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

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ESPOSIZIONE ZHONG BIAO'S VISIONS

“The Universe of Unreality: Zhong Biao’s Visions”, a solo exhibition of Chinese artist Zhong Biao, is a combination of various elements such as painting, installation, video, music and interactive design, located in the Santa Maria della Visitazione Church in Venice.

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FONDAZIONE CINI - ESPOSIZIONE MARC QUINN

The Giorgio Cini Foundation is a cultural foundation founded in 1951 in memory of Count Giorgio Cini, and located in the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Marc Quinn was their a major exhibitor: curated by Germano Celant, the show included sculptures, paintings and other art objects by original young British artists.

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FONDAZIONE VEDOVA

The "Vedova Foundation" aims at promoting art through a series of initiatives, such as studies, research projects, analyses, exhibitions, itineraries and educational areas, conferences, scholarships and prizes.

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MOSTRA FUTURE GENERATION - ANGOLA PAVILLON

The Angola Pavilion concentrated on the country's capital, Luanda, whose complexity derives from the presence of unpredictable and irreconcilable spaces.

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OTHER PICTURES

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PALAZZO BEMBO

Palazzo Bembo is a palace in Venice, on the Grand Canal, near the Rialto Bridge. It was one of the venues during the 2013 Biennale Exposition.

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ZIMBABWE PAVILLION

In the Zimbabwe Pavilion, the title of the exhibition was “Seeing Ourselves: Questioning our geographical landscape and the space we occupy from yesterday, today and tomorrow”.

ARSENALE ART EXPOS

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Arsenale Art Expos-14572 COVER

The main exhibition of the 2013 Venice Art Biennale in the Arsenale area was titled The Encyclopedic Palace (Il Palazzo Enciclopedico). It featured works by artists such as Marino Auriti, Yüksel Arslan, Hans Josephsohn, Phyllida Barlow, Steve McQueen, Danh Vo, R. Crumb, Pawel Althamer, Miroslaw Balka, George Condo, Paul McCarthy, Wade Guyton, and Dieter Roth.

ESPOSIZIONE GREEN RHAPSODY

Italy (Veneto-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Esposizione Green Rhapsody-14197 COVER

Rhapsody in Green

ESPOSIZIONE 700 SNOWBALLS

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Esposizione 700 snowballs-14448 COVER

700 snowballs by Not Vital, is a artistic installation consisting of 700 unique and individually blown glass spheres, created by Glass Master Pino Signoretto. The spheres, which bear striking resemblance to snowballs suspended in air, rest directly on the floor, evenly and randomly spread, evoking the metamorphic, transformative and cyclical processes of nature.

ESPOSIZIONE AI WEI WEI

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Esposizione Ai Wei Wei-14220 COVER

Ai Wei Wei had three of his large-scale works on display in the 2013 Biennale Exposition:

- "Bang", a forest of hundreds of tangled wooden stools, was the most prominent piece in the German national pavilion.
- His installation "Straight" was located in the Zuecca Project Space on the island of Giudecca: 150 tons of crushed rebar from schools flattened in the Sichuan earthquake of 2008.
- "SACRED", situated in the church of Sant'Antonin, consisted of six large iron boxes, into which visitors could peek to see sculptures recreating scenes from the artist's detention.

ESPOSIZIONE ANATSAREV

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Esposizione AnaTsarev-14238 COVER

Ana Tzarev brought her instalment of her global Love & Peace Campaign to Venice. The exhibition featured Tzarev’s monumental flower sculpture set amid a collection of her floral paintings at the Museo Diocesano d'Arte Sacra in the Chiostro di Sant'Apollonia.This exhibition’s centrepiece is a remarkable fiberglass poppy entitled Love; one in an edition of 15. Tzarev created these 15-foot flowers as part of a unique worldwide sculpture installation.

ESPOSIZIONE BILL CULBERT

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Esposizione Bill Culbert-14190 COVER

Bill Culbert illuminated the Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà with his artist debuts ‘Front door out back’, an eight-part installation which is thematically related to the domestic world, in which we see Culbert employing furniture (from chairs, wardrobes, side tables), colourful detergent bottles, in combination with his signature medium, lighting, to create an entirely immersive experience for the viewer.

ESPOSIZIONE FOR ART

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Esposizione For Art-14058 COVER

ESPOSIZIONE GRAND CANAL MUSEO DIOCESIANO

italy-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Esposizione Grand Canal Museo Diocesiano-50 COVER

“Grand Canal”, the Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition, opened on 1 June 2013 in the Museo Diocesano dell’Arte Sacra, on the banks of the Grand Canal in Venice. Twelve renowned Chinese artists were invited to participate, by independent curator and artist Ms Xiao Ge.

ESPOSIZIONE I WAS BORN IN YOUR BED

Italy-Veneto-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Esposizione I was born in your bed-14411 COVER

"I Was Born in Your Bed" by Czech artist Daniel Pešta, focused on the Roma ethnic minority, which is often tied in with a range of prejudices.

ESPOSIZIONE KATA MIJATOVIC

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Esposizione Kata Mijatovic-13961 COVER

Kata Mijatovic's project"The Dream Archive" brings forth to the public arena what is essentially a very private and individualistic experience. The archive asks questions about why people dream, what is the function of the unconscious in the construction of reality, and how people express dreams.

ESPOSIZIONE NOISE

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Esposizione NOISE-13875 COVER

A collateral exhibition at the 55th Venice Biennale, it reflects upon noise as a necessary condition and integral part of communication. All the artists in the exhibition explore the aesthetics of noise, called at once “a stench in the ear, undomesticated music, and the chief product and authenticating sign of civilization”.

ESPOSIZIONE PARALLEL CONVERGENCES

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Pawel Althamer and Anatoly Osmolovsky's "Parallel Convergences" exposition brings together the work of these artists, one Polish and the other Russian - both of whom come from the generation shaped by the decisive shift from communism to post-communism, experienced in the Eastern Bloc in the early 1990s, and whose work shares many interesting parallels.

ESPOSIZIONE RHIZOMA

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Esposizione Rhizoma-13947 COVER

Curated by London-based art critic and independent curator, Sara Raza, and Saudi-based poet, curator and artist, Ashraf Fayadh, RHIZOMA's premise draws from the actual rhizoma, the ancient Greek word for the underground root of a plant that shoots its roots both horizontally and vertically as a metaphor for a bold new generation of artists who are challenging the force of gravity through inspiring projects.

ESPOSIZIONE SUPERNATURAL

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Esposizione Supernatural-14100 COVER

The Bangladesh Pavilion has showcased artists from Bangladesh, South Africa and Italy, centering their works around the theme of Supernatural.

ESPOSIZIONE TAPIES - PAVILLON AZERBAIJAN

italy-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Esposizione Tapies-Pavillon Azerbaijan-165 COVER

The Azerbaijan's Pavilion's theme was ""Ornamentation"", the act of adding details to an object in order to beautify it. In particular, it showcased Antoni Tàpies’ ‘Eye’, his way of perceiving things, of looking around himself without limits of time and space, striving for answers about the Universe, human nature, art, and the mystery of life.

ESPOSIZIONE THE JOYCEAN SOCIETY

joycean-min

The Joycean Society exposition, curated by Dora García, was inspired by the imaginary and creative margins of a world in which one always seeks to define his/her self in relation to others.

ESPOSIZIONE THIS IS NOT TAIWAN - CZECH PAVILLON

italy-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Esposizione This is not Taiwan-Czech pavillon-57 COVER

Taiwan presented the “This is Not a Taiwan Pavilion”: the project attempted to capture the relations between imagination and reality, and the different perceptions of cultural identity.

ESPOSIZIONE TONG HONGSHENG

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Esposizione Tong Hongsheng-14212 COVER

Tong Hongsheng is a Buddhist hermit, who finds painting as a pathway to enlightenment. His still-life paintings of objects from Buddhist culture set in a dark background are symbolic of the loss of tradition and faith in contemporary culture.

ESPOSIZIONE WHO IS ALICE

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Esposizione Who knows Alice-13644 COVER

The Biennale always has some south-Korean artists, but this is the first time there has been a major government-sponsored initiative: this “Who is Alice” exhibition features works from the permanent collection of the Korean National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

ESPOSIZIONE ZHONG BIAO'S VISIONS

Italy-Veneto-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Esposizione Zhong Biao's Visions-13965 COVER

“The Universe of Unreality: Zhong Biao’s Visions”, a solo exhibition of Chinese artist Zhong Biao, is a combination of various elements such as painting, installation, video, music and interactive design, located in the Santa Maria della Visitazione Church in Venice.

FONDAZIONE CINI - ESPOSIZIONE MARC QUINN

italy-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Fondazione Cini-Esposizione Marc Quinn-37 COVER

The Giorgio Cini Foundation is a cultural foundation founded in 1951 in memory of Count Giorgio Cini, and located in the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Marc Quinn was their a major exhibitor: curated by Germano Celant, the show included sculptures, paintings and other art objects by original young British artists.

FONDAZIONE VEDOVA

vedova-min

The "Vedova Foundation" aims at promoting art through a series of initiatives, such as studies, research projects, analyses, exhibitions, itineraries and educational areas, conferences, scholarships and prizes.

MOSTRA FUTURE GENERATION - ANGOLA PAVILLON

angola-pavilion-min

The Angola Pavilion concentrated on the country's capital, Luanda, whose complexity derives from the presence of unpredictable and irreconcilable spaces.

OTHER PICTURES

italy-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Other Biennale expositions -29 COVER

PALAZZO BEMBO

italy-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Palazzo Bembo-147 COVER

Palazzo Bembo is a palace in Venice, on the Grand Canal, near the Rialto Bridge. It was one of the venues during the 2013 Biennale Exposition.

ZIMBABWE PAVILLION

Italy -Veneto-Venice-Biennale Exposition 2013-Zimbabwe Pavillion-14198 COVER

In the Zimbabwe Pavilion, the title of the exhibition was “Seeing Ourselves: Questioning our geographical landscape and the space we occupy from yesterday, today and tomorrow”.

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